The Rega is really good and you might find an Exposure integrated in that price range.
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My room is nearly identical in size and I have tried most of the usual suspect integrateds (including the Naim and Rega you mention) in your price range...my favorites:
Naim Nait 5 (bargain! Can be had between $600 and $650)
Musical Fidelity A3 ($500 +/-)
Musical Fidelity A220 (no remote; rare - $400 to $500)
Byston B60 (non remote version - watch for it! sometimes <$700)
I could easily live with any of them long-term! All do a great job with monitors such as your Merlins.
All have a very different signature so audition is necessary. You should be able to purchase and resell with little to no loss if you you end up deciding that the sound of a given amp is not for you.
I don't know about sound quality but I have seen some 60 watt (.1% distortion at 8 ohms and 60 watts .01 at 40 watts into 8 ohm) from Honk Kong outfit called HLLC (just search T amp),That's way cheaper than a Redwine 30 watt.T amps have tonal quality of tube amps (no valve "bloom" of course).Ask Bobby if people have used them with T amps like Redwie though a used one would be $800.Great sopund low volume levels in that room and no tube heat hassles???????????All the amps listed above are good for money (I sold the Rega)but maybe you want close to tubes and this is a path to look into.But best advice ask Bobby.
I agree the Merlins would sound best with an EL34 based tube amp, but if SS is the way you want to go, at that price point, I always thought the Rotel gear was a good value and they seem to upped the build quality of there chassis and front panels in recent years. It would be hard to pick one from a list like Rotel, NAD, Arcam, Rega, Creek, Naim, and Cambridge, but at that price point these would be the companies I would consider for sound, build, and support. I think they all play in the same league and none would be "much" better than the others. I would proabably choose on the basis of features and looks within this group, I don't think one is clearly better than the rest. I would call Bobby for his recommedation. There was some Italian SS integrated, the Audio Analogue Puccini he seemed to like quite a bit.